Rural women from Purnia in Bihar have taken charge of their own destiny. They have come together to form a company that is co-owned and run by them and they are looking for more women to join them on this bandwagon.
Shabana Biwi from Mahuadad in Jharkhand tells me about the positive changes in her social, personal and economic life after joining SoULS.
A Short Trailer: Lessons I Learnt On Poverty Alleviation & Social Change From IIT Bombay’s SoULS Project
I spent a week as a documentary filmmaker in various villages of Jharkhand and Bihar to see the social impact of SoULS up close and personal. Take a look at what I learnt from this experience.
Development of BoP needs creating a level playing field through entrepreneurship. This means training rural enterprises in leadership and managerial skills.
Localization of products and services is chiefly instrumental in creating sustainable social value for local populace. Social innovation is the underlying force behind this localization.
Being recognized by the Prime Minister himself, IIT Bombay’s SoULS project is one of the most innovative and scalable social impact projects in the country. It offers valuable insights into poverty alleviation, women empowerment and social change through access to clean energy.
Developing the Bottom of the Pyramid (BoP) community as producers is incomplete without giving access to marketplaces. Sustainable Development can be ensured if social entrepreneurs focus on developing BoP as Producers.
India needs social enterprises who rise at the grass root level, understand the problems of disadvantaged communities more intimately and innovate solutions sharply focused on various problems faced by them.
WASH innovation cannot work in a silo. It needs to work in tandem with positive interventions like awareness through seminars and village level events to help people become more vocal about their problems and make the impact more sustainable.
India can truly realize her potential only if she builds an inclusive economy. We believe government alone cannot do this. We need social entrepreneurs to step in.